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Man dies after crashing into California border station

O'BRIEN — A motorist was killed early Thursday morning when he drove his pickup truck into the border protection station just across the border in California, 12 miles south of Cave Junction.

A passerby reported seeing the crash aftermath shortly after 5 a.m., said Illinois Valley Fire Chief Dennis Hoke.

The southbound Chevy truck somehow veered off the highway, and based on photographs, may have struck a heavy beam before rolling to its side and smashing through the metal doors of the building.

The driver was pinned, and when Illinois Valley firefighters got him out of the truck, he was pronounced dead at the scene, Hoke said.

The name has not been released, pending information from the California Highway Patrol.

The truck appeared to have Oregon license plates, the blue Pacific Wonderland variety.

The station is one of 16 check stations at California's borders, intended to keep fruit from entering the state with crop-damaging bugs.